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I can relate to what you’re feeling because I’ve been there, too – as I describe in this excerpt from my book, The Final Farewell: One Christmas Eve my beloved cockapoo, Muffin, went off hunting for rabbits and was gone for four long days. The feelings associated with this sort of pet loss are the same as if your dog had died, such as sorrow, longing, denial, anger and guilt.It was the saddest and most painful holiday I had ever known. But this grief is also complicated by your own need to keep hope alive, which constantly interrupts or delays the process and makes it far more difficult to resolve. In circumstances such as these, it’s important to know that putting a careful recovery plan in place could make a significant difference, especially early on.I understand that you've already taken several steps that I would have recommended in your effort to recover your missing dog, and I'm offering some others below, not only for you, but for others who may be reading this.I have posted ads, sent out fliers, visited pound, websites, done everything. I had him for 8 loving years and he was closer to me than any friend I ever had. Because this kind of loss can be extremely difficult, it is not at all unusual that you would be feeling and reacting the way that you describe.It has been 6 weeks and I thought I was over him, but I am not. I have a special place in my heart for pet parents like yourself, who are seeking support for pet loss not because their pets have died, but rather because they're missing. How could I go on with celebrations with family and friends when my heart was breaking? Whatever the circumstances, because of the uncertainty involved, this experience can be a most devastating kind of loss, in some ways even worse than a death.